Cheese-topped guacamole for Cinco de Mayo appetizer

One of the best things about being a food writer and author is trying different recipes and foods from other chefs.  As a fairly decent cook, I love to sample and try to duplicate recipes and dishes.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.   The recipe I am featuring in this post was so jam packed with flavor I just had to share.

This is a fantastic recipe for a cheese-topped guacamole that I think is just adds a little something festive zip to a home-organized Cinco de Mayo party.  Gonzalo Martinez, Food and Wine online magazine contributed this recipe.  An easy recipe that combines all the flavors we associate with Mexican fiestas.

Recipe: guacamole

 2 Hass avocados, diced

1 medium tomato, diced

1/4 small red onion, minced

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Tortilla chips for serving

In a shallow bowl, mix the avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, mint, jalapeño and lime juice. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Melt the cheese in a microwave-safe bowl, pour over the guacamole and serve with tortilla chips.

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